The Natural History of Barbados.
In ten books.London: printed for the author; and sold by most booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland, 1750 Stock Code: 80069
Large paper copy with hand-coloured plates in contemporary blue morocco giltFirst edition, large paper copy with contemporary hand-coloured plates. Large paper copies were supplied to about a fifth of the thousand or so subscribers Hughes managed to attract to his lavish project. Each of the plates is dedicated to one of the more illustrious of the subscribers. "The book is one to place beside Catesby's Natural History" (Hunt).
Folio (414 x 258 mm). Contemporary English blue morocco, spine divided in 7 compartments by raised bands, red morocco label, compartments richly gilt with leaf sprays, stars, circles, palmettes, etc., covers with a wide gilt border built up of similar tools, gilt decorative roll around board-edges and turn-ins, comb-marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a leather entry slipcase.
Double-page engraved map, 30 engraved plates, 25 coloured by a contemporary hand, by Mynde and G. Bickham after G. D. Ehret and others. Pasted overslip giving the name of additional subscribers at foot of errata.
Front joint just cracked at foot to the first cord but holding firm, occasional foxing to some early leaves, overall a fine copy.
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